Fairs See Huge Crowds When They Weather Recession

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Fairs and festivals in West Virginia and across the country are feeling the effects of the economic downturn -- but they're not all feeling the same thing.

Fairs from Massachusetts to Kentucky have reported downsizing their offerings or canceling altogether.

But for remaining events, crowds looking to stay close to home rather than spend money on a lavish vacation are turning out in huge numbers.

Fairs in West Virginia have reported robust crowds so far, and the annual state fair in Greenbrier County is expecting to see a good turnout this month.

Fair manager Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe says most national sponsors have kept their commitment to the fair, and she expects crowds similar to previous years.

Industry expert Ira Rosen says that this year will be tough for a lot of events.

But those that can survive will emerge stronger when the economy recovers.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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